International Conference on the Voynich Manuscript 2022
Day One – Wednesday 30th November
1300 Conference Opening – Colin Layfield – University of Malta
1305 A Few Words about the Voynich – Ray Clemens – Beinecke Library – Yale University
1330 Keynote Speech – Transliteration of the Voynich Text- René Zandbergen
Session One – Moderated by John Abela
1415-1445 Alexander Boxer
Fingerprinting Gibberish: A Quantitative Comparison of the Voynich and Sloane MS 3188.
1445-1515 Koen Gheuens and Cary Rapaport
Above and Beyond Voynich Canopies: Tents as a Recurring Motif in Beinecke MS 408.
1515-1545 Keagan Brewer
‘I beg your grace to suppress this chapter or else to have it written in secret letters’:
The emotions of encipherment in late-medieval gynaecology.
1545-1615 Daniel Gaskell and Claire Bowern
Gibberish after all? Voynichese is statistically similar to human-produced samples of meaningless text.
Day One (continued)
Session Two – Moderated by Michael Rosner
1615-1645 Kevin Farrugia, Colin Layfield and Lonneke van der Plas
Demystifying the scribes behind the Voynich Manuscript using Computational Linguistic Techniques.
1645-1715 Claire Bowern and Daniel Gaskell
Enciphered after all? Word-level text metrics are compatible with some types of encipherment.
1715-1745 Jürgen Hermes
Polygraphia III: The cipher that pretends to be an artificial language.
1745-1815 Andrew Caruana, Colin Layfield and John Abela
An Analysis of the Relationship between Words within the Voynich Manuscript.
Day Two – Thursday 1st December
Session Three – Moderated by Lonneke van der Plas
1300-1330 Luke Lindemann
Crux of the MATTR: Voynichese Morphological Complexity.
1330-1400 Massimiliano Zattera
A new transliteration alphabet brings new evidence of word structure and multiple "languages" in the Voynich manuscript.
1400-1430 Katie Painter and Claire Bowern
Examining the history of Voynich glyphs using phylogenetic methods.
1430-1500 Patrick Feaster
Rightward and Downward Grapheme Distributions in the Voynich Manuscript.
Session Four – Moderated by Claire Bowern
1500-1530 Tavi Stafford
Seven Habits of Highly Eccentric Paragraphs.
1530-1600 Farley Katz
From Voynich to the Beinecke, the Trail of Ownership.
1600-1630 Klaus Schmeh and Elonka Dunin
The Voynich Manuscript Compared with Other Encrypted Books.
1630-1700 Stefan Guzy
Book transactions of Emperor Rudolf II 1576-1612. New findings on the earliest ownership of the Voynich manuscript.
1700-1750 Keynote Speech –Voynich Paleography- Lisa Fagin Davis – Medieval Academy of America
1750 Closing Remarks – Colin Layfield – Conference Chair
• Conference starts at 1300 CET November 30 (Central European Time – UTC + 1)
• Conference ends at 1800 CET
• The video recordings of all the talks will be made available to all attendees after the conference.
• The Zoom link for the sessions will be sent to all attendees by email.
All times are CET (Central European Time)
Participants may wish to download the programme from here
A copy of the abstracts of the talks being presented may be downloaded from here
The paper presentations will have the following format:
- 20 minute pre-recorded video presentation from the author(s)
- 10 minute Q&A with the authors